The Reading List—October, 2021

September was the beginning of a new school year and the start of fall; many students across Canada returned to in-person classes including University students.  However, I know many university students are still doing online classes—my brother is one of them.  Most of us are either busy studying ourselves, preparing children for in-person or online classes, or both! It’s been busy. But now October’s started, so I recommend grabbing one of these books to read!

A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins

Calling all fans of “The Girl On the Train”! This is a must read for you.  “A Slow Burning Fire” is a story about a young gentleman who was murdered and three women that knew him begin to question his death.  Each of the women bring to the victim a mysterious connection.  The novel explores revenge and how sometimes people who we think are incredibly nice may not be what we think.  A thriller and page turner for all mystery and thriller fans!

Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager

A biography written by Jenna Bush Hager, the granddaughter of the bestselling author and co-anchor of the Today Show.  Jenna shares stories and words of wisdoms passed on to her from her grandparents and how they changed her life.  George and Barbara Bush were America’s president and first lady, however, to Jenna, they were her grandparents who taught her everything about life ranging from kindness to simply how to live a life with meaning.  Jenna brings to readers what she’s learnt.  A very beautiful story with lots of wisdom.  Recommended to all!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

I’m sure most of us have heard of the question, “where do you see yourself in five years?” Depending on what stage of our lives we are in, our answer would be different.  When we were younger, we dream about what we would become when we get older.  When we’re in post-secondary, we dream of our dream career.  And so on! This story is about a lawyer who gets asked the question “where do you see yourself in five years?” and her answer.  Dannie’s answer was her real plan for the next five years and life seems to be going as planned, marrying her boyfriend following through with her career. But one morning, she wakes up in a different apartment, with a different ring, and a different man.  It’s a great hook and makes it worth trying this book.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

A story about Wallace, a shy young man studying at Midwestern University working towards a science degree.  Everything appears to be lined up against him—being introverted, black, and queer, the young man escaped his family to run away from his childhood.  However, with an unprecedented event, Wallace’s life suddenly changes as he faces hidden secrets within those around him.  A well written story that examines the challenges in our current society.

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

Recommended to everyone looking for a science fiction novel! Climate change and climate disasters are a real issue, which makes this novel more powerful than it already is.  The story examines earth almost at the boiling point because of a climate disaster and the increasing concerns it brings, however, there is a sticky situation.  Politics, riots, and sabotage plague the space program and the program’s goal of evacuating as many humans as possible from the planet before it becomes uninhabitable.  Recommended for readers with an interest in politics and science fiction!

Happy reading!